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Mau evictions inevitable but should be humane

By | November 14th 2009

At last Mau Forest settlers have begun moving out of the Kenya’s major water tower.

The Government deserves commendation for evicting the settlers but it now should rehabilitate the forest.

Though the process may result in painful consequences for the evictees, it is necessary for the survival of the greater majority and future generations. The Government must ensure the eviction is successful and humane. It must also ensure the evictees do not find their way back into the forest.

Philip Mbindyo, Sawagongo.

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The 14-day eviction notice issued to the South Western Mau settlers was selective. The Government should not apply double standards in evicting and resettling the settlers. All settlers should be evicted or retained until next year.

However, let the Government now resettle the evictees to avoid another case of Kenyans living in IDP camps.

Stanley Maritim, Olmekenyu.

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The Government is being unfair to the poor settlers. It would have probably begun by demolishing the tea factories and farms, and other business premises owned by prominent politicians, without a penny in compensation. The eviction should have first targeted ‘untouchables’ instead of the peasants and squatters.

Concerned Kenyan.

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Mau settlers who were in the forest illegally and agreed to move out voluntarily should have been given ample time to harvest their crops. This would have been part of making the process humane as the Government promised.

The settlers who bought the land and have title deeds should not be evicted until they are compensated. Meanwhile, the Government should ban logging in the forest.

Richard Kaitany, United States.

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The Government did all it could to allow the settlers ample time to move out of the forest and should not be faulted for evicting them.

However, the Government must be part of the solution by resettling the evictees elsewhere.

Kipchumba Rop, Ruiru.

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